Obviously, a good kitchen faucet is one that functions well. However, the right faucet will also fit the style of your kitchen. Oil rubbed bronze faucets are among the most aesthetically versatile faucets on the market today.
These chemically aged faucets perfectly capture the rustic, yet stylish, feel of oiled bronze. They combine functionality and style, and look great, regardless of whether you have a challenging or ultra-modern kitchen.
The best thing about oil rubbed bronze is that it is naturally corrosion-resistant, and it doesn’t accumulate chalky deposits or fingerprints. Not only are they the ultimate style statement in your kitchen, but they’re functional and easy to maintain as well.
Moreover, there are many high-end oil rubbed bronze faucets that come with additional features, such as hands-free use, vegetable sprayers, and even magnetic docking systems.
With so many options on the market, it can be challenging to know which one to choose. While style and looks are essential, you also want a faucet that is functional for your needs and fits within your budget. Our buyer’s guide is here to help you find the perfect bronze kitchen faucet for your home.
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My List of The 9 Best Oil Rubbed Faucets
Moen 7594ORB Arbor Oil Rubbed Bronze Kitchen Faucet
The Moen Arbor oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet combines the old-world charm of oil rubbed bronze with a sleek and modern look that sets it apart from its competitors. The faucet comes with a pull-down spray nozzle for cleaning veggies with minimal fuss.
Moen’s Reflex technology makes using the pull-down spray head a breeze. It comes with a self-retracting hose, which allows for easy docking. The spray head has a button that allows you to change the spray settings on the fly without having to fiddle with the faucet body.
Another feature that sets the Moen Arbor apart is the PowerBoost technology that gives your faucet an extra bit of power when you need it to wash stubborn dirt off dishes or vegetables. Despite giving you plenty of power, the PowerBoost spray is controlled so that you won’t have a giant mess all over your kitchen.
Moen also makes the installation of the Arbor easy with its patented Duralock Quick-Connect Installation system. You don’t need any specialized tools to connect this faucet to your plumbing, which makes it the ideal option for DIY enthusiasts.
Delta 978-RB-DST Leland Venetian Bronze Kitchen Sink Faucet
The Delta Leland follows traditional kitchen design and combines it with many modern technological breakthroughs. Despite its rustic appearance, it has several features that many current homeowners will love.
Delta has developed its Touch20 technology, which allows you to turn and control the faucet by touching it anywhere near the spout area. You can also choose between a shower spray or stream with the touch of a single toggle. If you want your technology level to match your style level, you can opt to use the manual controls instead.
One of the biggest annoyances in any kitchen is a leaky tap. This is why Delta has constructed the Leland with diamond-ceramic disks on every joint, which prevents the wear and tear that leads to leaking. These resilient disks don’t corrode and are resistant to ordinary wear, regardless of how often you turn the tap around. Not only does this extend the lifespan of the faucet, but it also ensures that your water flow remains consistent, with no interruptions due to annoying leaks.
Kohler K-77515-2BZ Tournant Oil Rubbed Bronze Faucet
The Kohler Tournant is a commercial-style faucet that combines style with functionality. The faucet has three different spray settings: BerrySoft, sweep spray, and stream. Both the stream and sweep spray functions do what they say on the box. Stream creates a steady flow of water, while sweep spray gives you a good, powerful spray to clean your dishes. BerrySoft offers a much gentler spray, perfect for delicate vegetables that still need a good rinse.
The spring coils on the Tournant may look intimidating, but they offer invaluable support when using the pull-down function. They provide extra power and flexibility while ensuring that docking the spray head is simple, intuitive, and easy.
Another useful feature of the Kohler Tournant is temperature memory, which remembers your water temperature setting and restores it from prior use. It’s an excellent feature for people who hate having to spend a couple of seconds finding the ideal water temperature every time.
Pfister LG26-4NUU Marielle 1-Handle Rustic Bronze Kitchen Faucet
The Pfister Marielle offers a distinctive look that you won’t soon forget. The Tuscan-inspired design is sure to add an extra dash of style to any rustic kitchen, without bogging you down with too many unnecessary features.
The best feature of the Marielle is that it has full 360° functionality, though the fact that the entire unit turns may be surprising to some. The full range of motion is especially useful for island counters or in double-sinks where freedom of movement is critical. It’s also one of the lighter faucets we reviewed, coming in at just over six pounds.
DANZE D404457BR Kitchen Faucet in Tumbled Bronze
The Danze Opulence kitchen faucet in tumbled bronze is an eye-catching centerpiece in any kitchen. This antique-looking faucet has a side-spray for additional functionality, which helps cement its timeless nature. The side sprayer also has a long hose, which means that not only can you rinse your veggies, you can also use it to rinse and clean your sink.
Despite its looks, the Danze Opulence has modern ceramic disk valves that prevent wear and tear and subsequent leaking. Combined with its limited lifetime warranty, there’s a good chance you’ll never need to buy another kitchen faucet again.
Delta 955-RB-DST Victorian Single-Handle Venetian Bronze Kitchen Faucet
The Delta Victorian Single-Handle Venetian Pull-Down kitchen faucet follows the classic, timeless design inspired by the elegance of the fleur-de-lis. Its pure lines and clean form make it a perfect fit for both modern and rustic kitchens, while the technology inside the faucet ensures that it will last twice as long as similar faucets.
The Delta Victorian has TouchClean technology, which ensures that any mineral build-up can be wiped away with a damp cloth. The magnetite docking bay provides a firm and stable dock for the spray head that won’t droop over time. Also, the faucet is ADA compliant, making it the perfect fit in any home.
Kraus KPF-1680ORB Sellette Oil-Rubbed Bronze Kitchen Faucet
The Kraus Sellette is an excellent buy for people who want the style of an oil rubbed kitchen faucet without breaking the bank. It has several high-end features: an integrated sprayer, high-arc spout, and dual modes that switch between stream and shower with the mere press of a button.
Despite being on the lower end of the price spectrum, the Kraus Sellette doesn’t disappoint. It is made of high-end materials and has excellent build quality. Many faucets have hoses that leak, kink, and droop when stored, but the Kraus hose is reliable, easy to use, and easy to dock. While it doesn’t have the magnetic docking system, the spray head remains firmly attached to the body until you need it.
American Standard 4279300.278 Delancey Pull-Down Faucet in Legacy Bronze
The American Delancey pull-down faucet combines sleek looks with ADA-compliant functionality. The faucet has three spray modes, including stream, spray, and pause, to handle any cleaning task you throw at it. The build quality is robust and dependable, and the flow rate is enough to maintain high water pressure while saving water in the long-run.
A great perk of the Delancey is its temperature memory setting, which remembers the valve positions of a specific temperature setting. This setting lets you get consistent water temperature without having to mess around with the handle every time.
Kingston Brass KS1275PLBS Heritage Oil Rubbed Bronze Kitchen Sink Faucet
The Kingston Brass Heritage oil brushed bronze kitchen faucet is the only two-handled faucet we reviewed. It comes with a separate side sprayer for extra convenience. The main appeal of the Kingston Brass Heritage faucet is its classic and striking look. It looks it belongs on the set of a Victorian television series, which makes it the perfect accessory for rustic and vintage kitchens. The 1.8-gallon flow rate ensures that you get high-performance cleaning while the ceramic discs guarantee a leak-free lifespan.
When you start looking at bronze faucets, take the time to do your research. There are many products out there, so finding the right one requires that you invest some time and energy in deciding what your needs are and which product meets them best. We’ve compiled a short guide to help you to find a faucet that you’ll love for decades to come.
Often, the hardest limiting factor that determines which faucet you can buy is your budget. Unfortunately, many high-quality bronze kitchen sink faucets are on the expensive side, so you have to seriously consider whether or not it fits within your budget. While a higher budget does give you more options, there are still many good quality bronze faucets available at a more modest price, though they won’t have as many features and add-ons as the more expensive options.
Before you start shopping, make a list of features that you absolutely need, and features that would be ‘nice to have. This will enable you to shop around for products within your price range and to recognize which faucets meet your needs. And if they have some of your extra ‘nice to have features,’ you can view that as a bonus.
Oil brushed kitchen bronze faucets come in a broad variety of styles, from tall and slim to wide and robust. Imagine your kitchen and how your ideal faucet would look within it. Try to find a faucet that works with your current kitchen, instead of trying to adapt the rest of your kitchen around the faucet. If you have delicate fixtures, avoid buying a large and dense faucet. Instead, get something lighter and taller.
Many people forget that kitchen faucets in oil rubbed bronze are heavy. They tend to weigh over seven pounds, so you need to have the right type of sink or countertop to support that weight. Consider working with a plumber to determine whether or not your current kitchen setup is suitable for a bronze faucet.
If you have an older home, and you haven’t updated the plumbing in a while, find out what adapter you’ll need to get the faucet installed correctly. If you have a modern home, you can get away with skipping this step, since the plumbing industry has standardized faucet fittings so that practically any faucet can fit in any kitchen’s plumbing.
Touchless or Not?
One of the most popular features of new faucets is touchless technology. Faucets equipped with touchless functionality have motion sensors that detect items or hands near the faucet, and automatically switch the water on, and switch it off once the hand or item has been removed. The motion sensors are often mounted on the sink, though they can also be mounted on the sink divider or the countertop, depending on your preference.
The main benefit of touchless technology is that it helps reduce your water waste, which will lower your energy bill. Also, since you don’t need to touch the faucet to activate it, you can reduce the spread of germs around the kitchen. While you may expect to find touchless controls on high-end models, the truth is that faucets in almost every price bracket have adopted the technology. So no matter what your budget, if you love the idea of a touchless faucet, you should be able to find a product to meet your needs.
High-end faucets also have temperature control installed directly in the faucet so that you can get just the perfect temperature water every time. These controls usually come along with the motion control sensors in a high-end package. And they tend to cost extra.
When it comes to high-end products such as kitchen faucets in oil rubbed bronze, it’s better to stick with reputable brands. These brands often provide lifetime warranties for their products, giving you confidence that your faucet will work and last for decades to come. Faucets produced by reputable brands are made from higher-quality materials. These materials can even impact your water quality.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best-known brands in the kitchen fittings industry. This isn’t an exhaustive list of reputable manufacturers, but simply an overview of some of the brands you’ll regularly encounter in your search for the best faucet.
Delta is a well-known American producer of faucets for residential and commercial kitchens and bathrooms. They have a reputation for using high-quality materials and coming up with innovative and exciting solutions and advances in faucet technology.
Delta offers faucets in plenty of different materials and types, so even if you’re not looking for an antique bronze kitchen faucet, you should still be able to find something interesting and exciting.
Kohler is a German faucet manufacturer best known for its eco-friendly offerings. Most Kohler taps offer water-conserving features that help kitchen owners save on their water bills and save the environment at the same time.
Kohler has products in every price range, from affordable to extremely high-end. Even their lower-end offerings are meticulously constructed and come with a lifetime warranty, so you can rest assured that you’re buying a quality product. If you’re looking into an affordable product that’s eco-friendly, Kohler should be your first stop.
Moen has a reputation for producing beautiful faucets in a wide variety of materials and styles. Moen offers the broadest range of oil rubbed bronze faucets, ranging from small to pull-down faucets designed for commercial kitchens. If you’re looking for high-quality products that ooze style and class, Moen is the pick for you.
Pfister offers commercial and residential faucet solutions that are durable, stylish, and innovative. The company is committed to providing a vast range of faucets to meet the everyday demands of both home and professional chefs. Many of their faucets come with filtration on tap technology, which will filter your water and remove most of the impurities that can affect the taste and hardness of the water.
The type of faucet you buy will depend on your personal preferences and needs. Faucets have several features that can make them more convenient to use, which is almost essential in today’s busy world. By understanding what the differences are, you can narrow down your search by excluding all the faucet types that you’re not interested in.
Pull-Down and Pull-Out
Many faucets come with an attached sprayer that can either be pulled out of the faucet (pull-out) or pulled down to remove the sprayer (pull-down). Pull-down faucets have become increasingly popular, and manufacturers have focused most of their attention on this type. Pull-down faucets come with many extra features that pull-out faucets’ lack, such as multiple spray options.
However, there are times when a pull-out faucet is more useful. They tend to have longer hoses and have less splashing than pull-down faucets. They’re the best option for small spaces and low counters, where the taller pull-down options struggle. Pull-out faucets are also the go-to option if you have low water pressure, which can cause problems in tall pull-down faucets.
Which one you choose will depend on your available space and how attached you are to extra features that typically only come with pull-down faucets. While the standard is the pull-down faucet, there are several instances where a pull-out faucet will be the better option, such as homes with low water pressure, or tiny sinks.
Single-Handle and Double-Handle
As the name suggests, a single-handle faucet has only one handle to control the water pressure and temperature. The benefit of this type of faucet is that you can precisely control the temperature with one handle, without the need for constant adjustment of two different handles.
Double-handled faucets rely on two handles, one for hot water and the other for cold, to control temperature and pressure. They’re a more traditional option that may be slightly trickier to install and operate since they sometimes need separate lines for cold and hot water. However, they’re great for traditional kitchens—especially if you are aiming for a rustic, old-school feel.
Touchless faucets only turn on when they detect your hand (or another item) in front of the motion sensor. The main advantage of touchless technology is that you save water since the faucet will automatically switch off once you remove your hand, instead of waiting for you to turn the faucet off. This tiny delay can make a huge difference to your water bill.
The second advantage of touchless faucets is that you don’t have to touch the faucet to turn it on or off, which reduces the number of germs in your kitchen. If you’re a cleanliness freak, you’ll be relieved to know that touchless taps are becoming more and more common, and are available in most price brackets. If you prefer the tactile thrill of operating your faucet manually, you can stick to double or single-handled faucets instead.
Just because these faucets are marketed toward commercial-grade kitchens doesn’t mean you can’t have one in your home. Commercial faucets have a high-pressure spray that is great for blasting grime off of pots, pans, and vegetables, and they’re very water efficient. They’re typically very stylish, and they are robust enough to handle anything you throw at them.
If you have a large kitchen with a large sink—and a lot of dishes to clean—don’t be afraid to consider commercial faucets as well as standard home faucets.
An oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet is an excellent centerpiece of your kitchen’s design. Finding the right one can be tricky due to the vast array of options and manufacturers. As long as you keep your own needs and preferences in mind—and stick with reputable brands—you’re sure to find one that you’ll fall in love with and will serve you well for decades to come.